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Progress of the World's Women 2019-2020

Families in a Changing World

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The 2019 edition of Progress of the World’s Women is an extensive assessment of the reality of families today. The report brings together global, regional and national data, and in-depth analysis about core issues of concern, including family laws, income and employment, unpaid care work, violence against women, and families and migration, among others. This landmark report proposes a comprehensive agenda for laws, economic and social policies, and public action to ensure gender equality within families and to accelerate women’s rights and empowerment, which benefits us all.

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Recommendations to bring equality home

At their best, families are places of love and intimacy where people can share, care for and nurture one another; and where they can develop a sense of identity and belonging. Families can enable women and girls to flourish and realize their potential, as well as being the building blocks for thriving communities, societies and economies. But families can have a darker side: they can be places of violence and discrimination, spaces where women and girls are often denied the resources they need, where they sometimes eat least and last and where their voices are stifled and their autonomy is denied. As such, the recognition of families as an ambivalent space for women and girls has been at the heart of this Report.

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